Hvar is the longest and the most sunniest Croatian island. The global print media mention Hvar whenever famous actors, musicians, politicians and even a few royal family members visit it. They’ve been recently visiting the island on their yachts, which put Hvar on the global must-see destinations list. The visitors can enjoy excellent food and local wine Plavac Mali produced on the southern part of the island as well as the cultural and historic monuments such as one of the oldest theaters in the world, a fort overlooking the city of Hvar, summer residences, monasteries (be sure to visit the Benedictine Monastery in the city of Hvar, where the nuns make lace out of agave leaves)…
Fields of lavander, olive orchards and vineyards provide for a calm atmosphere, just like the one on canvas, while the coastal parts are bustling with life.
The Town of Hvar is the main tourist center on the island of Hvar and is celebrating 150 years of remarkable tourist tradition this year. On 15 May 1868 the Hygienic Society was founded in Hvar town, and it represents the beginning of organized tourism. By encouraging and supporting the development of tourism the society sparked off the development of tourism on the entire island and Dalmatia altogether. Hvar Town has become a famous tourist destination whose contribution to the development of Croatian tourism is immeasurable. It has an excellent climate and position, a harbour that has been a safe haven for more than a century, crystal clear water, rich cultural heritage, and, most importantly, people who extend a warm welcome to every single traveller. The city alone is a monument that has its origins in the Renaissane period. The most prominent monument is the cathedral which, together with Bishop’s Palace, encloses the eastern part of the biggest Dalmatian square – the Hvar piazza. One of the oldest public theaters in Europe is close by. The best view of the city and the neighbouring islands can be enjoyed from the fort Fortica, built in 16th century on a nearby hill. Aside from fine food and exciting night-life, one can cycle, walk or ride a boat to one of the nearby beaches or one of the Pakleni Islands bays, whose sandy or pebbled, often also nudist beaches are a perfect getaway. In case of a storm you’ll feel safe in the ACI Marina in Palmižana. Speaking of gastronomy there is the restaurant Divino, located at the waterfront, in the very center of Hvar, with a beautiful view of the Pakleni Islands. Beside the view, there is the restaurant terrace where you may enjoy superb dishes such as tuna steak or lobster with pasta and drink some of the most exclusive quality wines.
Stari Grad is a bit more different from Hvar since it is located in the middle of the island and is also the oldest town on it. Life is a bit slower here and the prices are lower as well. It is a place of exquisite beauty, pristine beaches and crickets whose song you can hear coming from the neighbouring pine forests.
Hvar is the longest and the most sunniest Croatian island. The global print media mention Hvar whenever famous actors, musicians, politicians and even a few royal family members visit it.